digital & media literacy workshops for kids, tweens, teens, and parents

 
 

 

“As long as media literacy was about television, it was perceived to be fluff. But when the Internet came along, kids didn't know how to cite sources online, and they were creating publicly visible content in their own homes without their parents' knowledge... which sparked serious safety concerns." –Elizabeth Thoman, godmother of media literacy, #EdShift, 8/27/09

Yep, what she said.  

We believe that this fluff is good stuff. 


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Links


Here are some of our favorite links to digital & media literacy organizations. We hope this helps you find resources to use at home or in school. If you have suggestions about other sites to include, share them with us: info@savvysurfers.net.

 

Code.org®

A non-profit dedicated to expanding participation in computer science with the vision that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer programming. Resources for teachers and tutorials for students of all ages.


Center for News Literacy

This center at Stony Brook University is committed to teaching students how to use critical thinking skills to judge the reliability and credibility of news reports and news sources, as well as developing innovative curricula for high schools and the general public.


Cheezo

Jefferson County's Child Sex Offender Internet Investigations (CSOII) Unit, led by District Attorney Investigator Mike Harris, protects children through non-profit prevention programs (Stranger Danger Internet Stranger) for schools, parents' groups, and other organizations concerned with the safety of kids, as well as aggressive, pro-active Internet investigations and online undercover work.


Common Sense Media

Ratings, education, and advocacy for kids, families, and schools


Digital and Media Literacy: A Plan of Action

A policy paper by Renee Hobbs, founder of Temple University's Media Education Lab, that outlines steps that policymakers, educatiors, and community advocates can take to help Americans thrive in the digital age.


Digital Charlotte

An example of community-based digital and media literacy, Digital Charlotte hopes to spread digital literacy throughout the Charlotte region, promoting information access and awareness to provide a core community need. Funded by the Knight Foundation and created by the Knight School of Communication at Queens University of Charlotte.


Don't Buy It

A media literacy website for young people that uses online activities to encourage kids to think critically about media and become smart consumers. Funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Public Broadcasting System.

 


Journal of Digital and Media Literacy

JoDML is an academic, peer-reviewed journal publishing traditional research articles alongside hybrid, mixed-media articles and creative digital projects that examin the ways people use technology to create, sustain, and impact communities.


The Lamp NYC

A NYC-based non-profit whose mission is to educate and equip people to shape the media landscape through hands-on learning. Modules can flexibly accommodate students ages 5-18, as well as parents, educators, and families.


Plugged In

A Focus on the Family publication designed to shine light on popular entertainment and give families the essential tools they need to understand, navigate, and impact the culture in which they live.


The Representation Project

A movement that uses film and media content to expose injustices created by gender stereotypes and to shift people's consciousness towards change.


Teen Safe

A simple, secure way to monitor your child's location, phone, and social media activity. Monthly subscription.